Monsoons are here after the long unbearable summer heat. Though this season brings the much-awaited relief, it also brings certain health risks. Immunity gets lowered and the body becomes susceptible to allergies, infections, indigestion problems and more. But, don’t worry, proper diet can build up the immunity system to keep you healthy during this season.
1. Eat fruits
Incorporating seasonal fruits in diet work wonders in boosting immunity. They help in restoring energy as well. It is best to stick to the seasonal fruits. Mangoes, lychees, pomegranates, pears and apples are best suited for this season. Avoid eating pre-cut fruits as the wet season increases the risk of contamination.
2. Bitter is better
Astringent, bitter and pungent foods are best served in this season. Herbs and vegetables like bitter gourd, neem, methi helps clean the system and prevent infections. They also help to prevent skin infections. It is best to avoid sour foods like lime, tamarind, tomatoes as they promote water retention. It’s the same with food with high salt content. Besides, they alleviate the risk of high blood pressure. Spicy foods lead to skin irritatillergies.
3. Stay hydrated
Keeping your body hydrated is a must in every season. When it rains outside, rely on herbal infusions with anti-bacterial properties like ginger, pepper, honey, mint and basil to balance your body fluids. Too much Coffee or tea dehydrates body fluids. Watery foods like lassi, watermelon, muskmelon and rice on the contrary increases water retention in the body and creates swelling. Drink plenty of water and make sure it’s filtered.
4. Eat Light
It is best to stick to a light diet during monsoon to keep yourself heathy and active. Avoid too much fish or meat in this season. If you cannot, choose stews and soups instead of heavy curries and add a dash of garlic in them to boost your immunity. If you are a fan of salads, steam your veggies instead of having them raw. Uncooked vegetables might contain infection causing bacteria and virus. It is important to thoroughly wash the vegetables before consuming them.
Besides these tips, try to avoid eating outdoors. Foods from roadside stalls should be best avoided as they increase the risk of contamination. Eat fresh to stay active. What else do you do to keep yourself healthy during the rainy season? Share with us.